Student Showcase 2019
From carbon to choreography, our students at the University of Arizona are performing industry-leading research. The Graduate and Professional Student Council created the Student Showcase in 1993 to celebrate this student research, and this year is no exception!
The upcoming Student Showcase will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 9 am to 3 pm on the UA mall in front of the Student Union.
Application Opens: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Application Deadline: Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 11:59 PM
If you have any questions, please email GPSC's Events Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Student Showcase?Click or enter to reveal information below
Around one hundred students participate in this exhibition of undergraduate and graduate scholarship demonstrating the wide spectrum of University student research projects. Student Showcase offers students a significant forum for communicating the importance of their research to the broader University of Arizona community.
Implemented in 1993 by the GPSC, Student Showcase represents the only student-run research exhibition of its magnitude in the University of Arizona. Students who participate in this event can be proud of their efforts and academic achievements. Demonstrating the valuable research that takes place at the University, Student Showcase also has the honor of including state representatives and many other community members as judges.
Why you should participate in the Student Showcase?Click or enter to reveal information below
Graduate and undergraduate students participate in Student Showcase in approximately equal numbers.
By participating, students gain valuable experience presenting their work and interacting with the public. Additionally, deans, faculty, advisors, staff, administrators, department and community members serving as judges will actively encourage student participation. Student Showcase also fosters the mentoring relationship among students and their advisors and professors.
How are exhibitors judged?Click or enter to reveal information below
During the judging process, a panel views each exhibitor's presentation and rates it according to overall display, clarity of presentation, and the exhibitor's ability to field questions concerning their project. The students are also judged on the quality of research and the value of their research to the community. This aspect of the judging process considers the presenter's depth of presentation, the implications of the research and the possible foundation for future research, as well as the cultural, social, ecological, economic, and/or political value the research brings to the community. Taking all of these components into consideration, the judges will decide on the winners for each category and division as a panel.
What recognition will you receive?Click or enter to reveal information below
In 2016, more than 120 students participated in the Student Showcase. Over $15,000 of awards were given out. These award ranged from $1,000 for the President's Award to $125 for second place finishers in the individual categories.
Local business sponsors also contribute a substantial amount of support for Student Showcase each year, and have increasingly guaranteed its success. An excellent reflection of the success of the University of Arizona's programs, Student Showcase allows the Tucson community to take pride in the University and its continuing capacity to further education and visionary research.
Categories for Showcase 2019Click or enter to reveal information below
Note that the categories are topic dependent, and does not apply to which academic area you are from. The categories are self-select, but the GPSC committee retains the right to decide on which category you should be in.
1. Communication and Expression
- Research that involves compilation, analysis, and manipulation of data, ideas, and/or methods of sharing information. (i.e. media, citizen science, pedagogy etc.)
2. Community, Culture, and Society
- Research regarding social, economic, cultural and/or political issues. (i.e. community initiatives, language development, social justice, public policy etc.)
3. Technology and Innovation
- Research producing advancements or novel techniques/methods, or entrepreneurial endeavors. May incorporate engineering of devices or utilize digital/computer technologies. (i.e. app development, software/hardware, digital humanities, innovative startups etc.)
4. Human Health
- Research impacting the well-being of humans at the individual, community, and global levels. (i.e. healthcare policy, mental health developments, medical devices, insects as a form of protein etc.)
5. Environmental Impact
- Research confronting environmental issues and concerns, anywhere on the local to global spectrum. (i.e. sustainability projects, natural disasters, pollution mitigation etc.)
Awards Available for Student Showcase 2019Click or enter to reveal information below
You will be automatically be considered for the following awards when you apply to the Student Showcase:
- Graduate President's Awards for each category: $600
- Graduate Category Runners-up: $400
- Undergraduate President's Award for each category: $600
- Undergraduate Category Runners-up: $400
*The judging panel reserves the right to not award a prize in any category.
External Awards for Student Showcase 2019:
*Eligibility differs for each of the following awards. Additional application process may be required. This section will be updated as external awards are made available.
American Chemical Society Women's Chemist Group Award:
The Women's Chemists Group of the Southern Arizona section of the American Chemical Society is promoting the role of chemistry in society. This award will recognize one or more female graduate students, who present outstanding research in chemistry or a related field. First place winner receives $200 and second place $100.
Honors College Awards (each in the amount of $500):
- Best Research Project by an Honors Student: This award is for an Honors student whose research project makes the most important contribution in terms of its rigor, depth, analysis, and overall quality
- Honors Social Responsibility Award: This award is for an Honors student whose research project best embodies the Honors mission statement in its focus on strengthening social responsibility. The research project must demonstrate that it has the potential to be of benefit to the society in which it operates.
- Honors Health and Human Values Award: This award is given to an Honors student whose research project best utilizes humanistic and/or social scientific methods, bringing those methods to bear on the subject of health, science and technology.
Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award:
The Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award recognizes University of Arizona students who have made extensive and innovative use of the UA Libraries’ information resources and services in support of their coursework. Up to three undergraduate and three graduate prizes will be awarded each year. For each category, $1,000 will be awarded per prize. More information can be found here.
BIO5 Innovator Award
The BIO5 Innovator Award recognizes one graduate and one undergraduate student exhibitor whose work best represents the goals of BIO5 in one of the following areas: multidisciplinary bioscience research; innovation in biosciences education; or entrepreneurship (bioscience technology transfer, new ideas for public/private partnerships etc.). These awards are provided by the BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona. Each winner is awarded $350.
2017 - 2018 winnersClick or enter to reveal information below
GPSC Disbursed Awards
|Community & Society||Second||#27 Genevieve Comeau||Graduate|
|Community & Society||First||#39 Christopher Sittler||Graduate|
|Creative Expression||Second||#1 Joshua Barbe||Graduate|
|Creative Expression||First||#6 Akshay Nayak & Vivek Gupta||Graduate|
|Education||Second||#52 Aaron Done||Graduate|
|Education||First||#12 Joseph Heiler, Aaron Done, Marshall Fairres||Graduate|
|Research||Second||#69 Andrea Casillas||Graduate|
|Research||First||#15 Travis Sawyer||Graduate|
|Community & Society||Second||#45 Siena Cornacchini, Caroline Shanholtz||Undergraduate|
|Community & Society||First||#49 Tala Shahin||Undergraduate|
|Education||First||#59 Genesis Hernandez||Undergraduate|
|Research||Second||#126 Ahmed Shahin||Undergraduate|
|Research||First||#112 Kayenat Aryen||Undergraduate|
Non-GPSC Disbursed Awards
|ACS Women's Chemist Award||First||Kristen Watts||Graduate|
|Second||Laura Itzel Marquez Hernandez||
|#117 Cindy Galinsky||
|#20 Lindsey Chew||
|#49 Tala Shahin||Undergraduate|